Yoga is a way to help us handle the world we live in today. Unemployment, busy schedules, personal and professional conflicts, and those aches and pains that seem to get worse as the world around us continues to be more and more challenging – all of these things block our ability to be present in our everyday lives; to truly appreciate who we are and what we have. Yoga is a way to bring back a feeling of calm and wellness, as well as providing an excellent form of exercise.
What if I’m not athletic?
The only expectation to set for yoga is to focus on what your body can do on your mat on any given day. What are you hoping to achieve on your mat during each class? Don’t get hung up on what the person next to you can do. This is the beauty of Yoga….it is all about you and what you can do on and off your mat.
Is this a “girl” thing? Do guys do yoga?
Smart guys do yoga too…as they have many of the same physical challenges girls do and since they have been known to internalize their thoughts and feelings, they could benefit in ways they never imagined!
So….put aside the ego and give it a try…you will be surprised at how beneficial yoga can be to your everyday life…on and off the mat. Seriously, athletes in virtually all sports use yoga to help enhance flexibility, decrease injury potential, and strengthen the muscle groups that are not developed through their sport. And no worries…..spandex is not mandatory…but feel free to wear it if you like!!
WHAT YOGA CAN DO FOR YOU
- The physical benefits: Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body. Improves respiration, energy, and vitality. Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism. Promotes cardio and circulatory health. Relieves pain. Helps you look and feel younger than your age. Improves your athletic performance.
- The mental benefits: Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go – into a difficult yoga pose, on the tennis court or golf course, or in the office. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.
- The spiritual benefits: Builds awareness of your body, your feelings, the world around you, the needs of others. Promotes interdependence between mind, body, and spirit. Helps you live the concept of “oneness.”
Anyone can do yoga-no matter how young or old you are, whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete. Size and fitness level do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection.
Start by going to a yoga class. Look for a teacher who challenges you but does not push, who offers modifications, and who works one-on-one with students. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Use a yoga mat for cushioning and to keep from slipping. If there is no yoga studio in your town, practice with a video and read books. Just remember one thing: “No pain, no gain” is NOT the yoga way. If it hurts, stop. Patience and feeling good about yourself and your world is the way of the yogi.
For more information about yoga contact:
Self Awakening Yoga Studio
352 South Broadway (Route 28)
Salem, NH 03079